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Drones fly Kula closer to gold and lithium targets in WA

Kula Gold has used drones to help identify a slew of drill targets across two key prospects as part of a reconnaissance fieldwork mission at its Brunswick lithium project, which sits 45km north of the world-class Greenbushes mine in WA’s South West.

Key indications from the work highlighted a potential strike of 1.7km at the company’s Donnybrook Gold Mine (DBGM) prospect and an interpreted strike length of almost 2km at its Hippy Lady operation. Both prospects have been earmarked for potential lithium-caesium-tantalum mineralisation following the discovery of pegmatites, including a significant structure at DBGM that the company believes could be a hidden pegmatite with a lithium anomaly on the surface.

The Brunswick project covers a 300 square kilometre land -holding prospective for a suite of commodities, in addition to lithium, including gold, copper, nickel and platinum group elements. Kula returned grades of up to 7.95 grams per tonne gold from the early-stage exploration it conducted near DBGM last year.

Management is now planning a scout RC drilling program that will focus on DBGM’s drill-ready gold targets and will also test potential lithium and tantalum mineralisation across both prospects. Kula says two drone magnetic surveys across the Brunswick project have helped it enhance the potential drill targets at key areas.

Mapping and rock chip sampling at Hippy Lady returned anomalous tantalum results of 74.8 parts per million and 45.1ppm. Soil sampling at DBGM returned lithium assays of up to 102ppm that the company says is encouraging for surface samples.

Today’s update is a further advancement on the Brunswick project, with one prospect adjacent to the DBGM gold drill targets and one target moving to our first lithium drill program.

The company will continue mapping and soil sampling across its wider Brunswick project, while other rock chip and ultra-fine soil samples are already being tested at the laboratory for lithium and pathfinder elements in caesium, niobium and tantalum.

The Greenbushes mine is located about 250km south of Perth and churns out close to 1.95 million tonnes of lithium spodumene each year. The project is considered the gold standard in terms of hard-rock lithium production.

Spodumene from Greenbushes is derived from the fresh, unweathered zones of the open-pit mine’s pegmatites and the company’s success has led several hopeful players to pick up ground in the areas adjacent to the heavy-hitting operation.

Last November, the company acquired a 70 per cent interest in the lithium and related minerals of Sentinel Exploration’s Kirup project, which is just 25km from the Greenbushes site.

The Kirup project covers an area of 117 sq km and complements Kula’s Brunswick project that sits around 20km to the north. Sentinel has previously identified potential lithium-bearing pegmatites at the Kirup project and has collated data from previous exploration activities to create a prospectivity map.

Is your ASX-listed company doing something interesting? Contact: matt.birney@wanews.com.au

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